We've been saying it for years, EVs will save the long-roof.
Though BMW no longer sells a single station wagon model here in the United States, there's some good news on that front. BMW is reportedly working on the first M5 Touring since the V10-powered E61 generation. This high-performance wagon is set to arrive in late 2024, but that's not the only long-roof model rumored to be in BMW's plans. The rumor mill out of Bimmerpost claims that the next-generation BMW 3 Series will spawn two electric i3 variants, including a sedan and a wagon.
As a reminder, BMW already builds an i3 sedan for the Chinese market (pictured below), not to be confused with the funky-looking hatchback that already left production. These rumored i3 variants will replace the existing 3 Series (codenamed G20) and use the internal designations NA0 (Sedan) and NA1 (Touring).
Since these will be next-generation cars, we doubt they will share much (if anything) in common with the Chinese market i3. They will be assembled at the BMW Group Plant San Luis Potosi in Mexico, which is where the current 2 Series is built. BMW will also build an all-electric iX3 SUV (codenamed NA5), which will be sold alongside a gas-powered X3 (codenamed G45). But unlike the electric model, which will be assembled in Mexico, the ICE X3 will continue to be produced here in the US at BMW's Spartanburg, South Carolina plant . The two BMW i3 variants and the iX3 will reportedly enter production some time in 2027, meaning we have a decent wait before seeing any of them in the metal.
2027 is a pretty long wait, but we will likely see an electric BMW wagon before then. The same leaked information claims that BMW will launch an electric 5 Series called the i5, which will spawn its own Touring wagon body style. This rumored i5 should arrive as soon as 2024. BMW will offer the i5 in eDrive40, xDrive40, and M50 variants, though only two of these configurations are expected for the i5 Touring. If we had to guess, the i5 Touring will be AWD only, ruling out the eDrive40.
Whether or not the US market will get any of these electric wagons is still a mystery. We've argued that the wagon body style is perfect for an EV because offers a longer wheelbase for more batteries with a sleeker body that's more aerodynamic. Hopefully, BMW can revive the wagon with the help of electrification.